The World Cup has ended but we’re still lusting after Rio’s long stretches of beach and the exotic lushness of the Amazonian jungle. There may have been star players and outstanding teams, but the real protagonist in the tournament was the Brazilian tropical scenery. Which takes us to this month’s trend spotting topic: tropical prints. It exploded in popularity last year as the must have print for summer, but unlike other trends from seasons past (ahem, the wedge sneaker) this one is here to stay. For a while at least.
With bursts of color and alluring images, tropical prints bring an edgy vibrance to any summer outfit. There’s no one specific type of tropical print to try- anywhere from beach scenes to pineapples count in this category. The unifying factor is the intensity of mixed colors.
No longer your dad’s terrible Hawaiian shirt, tropical prints have been given a modern update in the form of structured body con dresses, silk blouses, and high waisted shorts. We recommend pairing this bold print with a flattering piece in white or black for an ultra current look. And watch out for mixing too many tropical prints together, there’s a high probability that it will come out all wrong. We love Leandra Medine‘s talent for layering and mixing all sorts of pieces together, but for the rest of us, one bold piece is enough. A flowing silk jacket, or high waisted shorts are the easiest way to try this trend. We guarantee that with our picks, you’ll steal a look straight out of Matthew Williamson’s Spring collection, not one from the resort gift shop.